My background is biochemistry, and so my primary technical
fields are biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medicine, food science
and medical devices. I work in patents and have wide experience in
this area, including UK litigation and freedom to operate opinions.
My core area of expertise is law and practice at the EPO, where I
have considerable experience, including opposition and appeal
procedures. I have been named as one of the top 1000 patent
professionals in the world in the IAM Patent 1000, with particular
acknowledgement of my abilities and experience in opposition.
I qualified as both a UK and European Patent Attorney in 1989,
and became a partner in 1993. From 2010 to 2015 I was Managing
Partner. I spend several weeks a year in the office in
Munich, in connection with my work before the EPO.
I am a member of the epi Council, and am part of the CIPA
education committee and epi Professional Education Committee.
I am married with two adult daughters - so have plenty of
practice of arguing my case in the face of overwhelming odds - and
live in North London. We spend as much time as we can meeting and
laughing with friends. I am an avid music fan and regular
concert-goer - the more obscure the better. I am also no stranger
to disappointment, being a life-long supporter of Watford FC.
"A smart and practical representative before the EPO who
achieves remarkable successes for clients. His abilities
extend beyond patent prosecution to very skillful respresentation
in opposition and other inter partes proceedings"
IAM Patent 1000 2016
Legal 500 2015